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1-1, 2nd in AFC East
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Brady-Watson is a rare duel of defending champs (0:57)

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

The Lions are known for their QB and passing game. Their defense is probably underrated. Detroit has held opponents to 20 or fewer points 11 times since the start of last season. That is tied for second in the NFL behind only the New England Patriots (12).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots had the following players in for free-agent workouts: WR Corey "Philly" Brown, DT Stefan Charles, DE Lamar Houston, QB Taylor Heinicke (signing to practice squad), WR Tavares King and WR Riley McCarron (signed to practice squad).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots rookie LB/DE Harvey Langi was fined $9,115 for unnecessary roughness (face mask on special teams) in Sunday's win over the Saints. It was his first NFL play.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are signing quarterback Taylor Heinicke to their practice squad, per a source. Heinicke, of Old Dominion, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Vikings in 2015. In New England, he adds a third layer of depth at quarterback, as the Patriots only have two players at the position in Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.

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18hMike Reiss

Pats' Gronk, Amendola 'good to go' vs. Texans

Patriots pass-catchers Rob Gronkowski (groin) and Danny Amendola (concussion) both expect to be on the field for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Danny Amendola says he is "good to go" after missing last week with a concussion.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is asked if he is good to go for Sunday. He says, "I'm ready."

ESPN Stats & Info

Pats heavily favored at home

The Texans haven't beaten the Patriots in nearly a decade, and ESPN's FPI doesn't see much changing in Sunday's meeting, giving New England the highest percentage chance to win out of any Week 3 matchup.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have signed undrafted rookie WR Riley McCarron to their practice squad, according to a source. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound McCarron, who projects to the slot and also has experience as a punt returner and kickoff returner, was released from the Texans practice squad on Sept. 18. The Patriots play the Texans on Sunday.

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Bruschi has concerns about his own health from playing football (1:23)
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23hMel Kiper Jr.

Kiper's Rookie Big Board: Deatrich Wise

The fourth-round pick is on pace for a 16-sack season. Wise won't get there, of course, but two sacks in two games shows upside.

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Are the Rams actually a good team?

Mike Golic Jr. recaps an exciting Thursday Night Football game and discusses the growth of the Rams. Plus, Aaron Hernandez had CTE. And, Ramon Foster of the Steelers calls in.

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Advance stages of CTE found in Hernandez's brain (1:16)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

While starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle/concussion) returned for warmups and position drills at Patriots practice Thursday, he did not participate in any team drills, per the club. If Cannon can not play Sunday, four-year veteran Cameron Fleming would be his projected replacement.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) upped his level of participation in team drills on Thursday, as he was limited in those drills, per the club. On Wednesday, Gronkowski did not participate in team drills, per the club.

Team Stats

Passing Yards341.51st
Rushing Yards121.510th
Points For31.55th
Points Against31.0Tied-29th

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